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In Line Mic Boost devices for Ribbon and dynamic

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by burntfrijoles, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    Some months ago I bought a Klark in-line mic boost when I purchased an SE Ribbon mic. I opted for it rather than the more expensive Cloudlifter devices and it has worked really well. You can't really operate a Ribbon without a boost but recently I started using it on my dynamic mic (SM57). It makes it so much easier to get a good level vs just using the pre on my Focusrite 2i2.

    I have thought about upgrading to the Cloudlifter but I wonder if it would produce any better results since I'm satisfied with the Klark.
     
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    If you upgrade to the Cloudlifter Z there might be a more of a difference with the added variables.

    Not sure the standard CL would be a dramatic change.

    Of course that's a $250 price tag on the CL-Z.

    Sounds like the Klark works fine for you.
     
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    I have tried both I hear no difference.. I am now using an inexpensive Presonus Bluetube V2 and to my ears it sounds way better than either of the above mentioned..
     
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    I recently started using a cloudlifter when I record strumming tracks on my acoustic with a 57. Haven’t used the others.
     
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    I'm not opposed to spending more $$ but, as you said, the Klark is working well. I compared a recording with the SM57, with and without the Klark in-line and there was noticeably more audible hiss without the Klark.

    That's good to know. The Bluetube looks interesting but it seems less convenient that the in-line options. My recording desk is small so I like to avoid clutter. My setup is as basic as can be: Mic > Focusrite > Mac (with Focusrite outputs to my Yamaha HS50m). I don't need more so no outboard pre's, effects, etc. Like Lynard Skynard's mom said "be a simple man".
     
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    Haven't had a chance to compare it with a Cloudlifter, but the Tritone FetHead works really well with my sE ribbon mic.
     
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    As I said, I purchased the Klark as a necessity for my sE X1R ribbon. You can't record a ribbon without boost. I didn't realize it had utility with Dynamic mics although it seems obvious. The Klark was just a low cost alternative. It's doing the job so it seems foolish to upgrade.
    I should have been more obvious in my OP that I'm suggesting folks who don't have a ribbon, try one for their dynamic mics. I was always confused that I had set the input gain on my interface so high to get a decent level with my SM57 or my Sennheiser e609. (Whenever I see Sennheiser I always recall Walter White's Heisenberg)
     
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    I used them for my SM7`s and my 58`s..The SM7 is almost unusable without a preamp..( its dynamic ).. The reason I like the Presonus better , it doesn't operate off yer phantom power so I can also run my condenser mics thru it..
     
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    I think I was going to get one of the Presonus mic pres, but none were in stock at the time, so I ordered the CL
     
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